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Beaumaris Ontario, CAN

Antique Boat Emporium 

Located in the focal point for recreational boating in Ontario, CAN Beaumaris Antique Boat Emporium creates a unique sense of place by immersing the visitor into the passionate culture for antique wooden boats. Using locally quarried materials and wooden boat ideology, the design encompasses the tradition instilled within the history of Beaumaris.


The stone entrance lobby is utilized to create hierarchy and identify the main entrance from the incoming road. The curved truss system creates a monumental volume within the exhibit, and the structure is mimicked on the exterior to identify with the construction techniques used in antique wooden boats. The visitor is then guided down the existing, primary datum towards the key node with an outdoor court yard, retail shop, boat service center, restaurant, pergola, and final exhibit with antique boats in the water. 

This site model envisions the full experience of the Beaumaris Antique Boat Emporium. In the fall the color theory of the design will unite with the beautiful surrounding environment. Furthermore, the materiality of the emporium site design includes all locally quarried materials including beautiful sugar maple, white pine, and red oak lumber and gneiss stone. 

Site Model

This rendering displays the strong, iconic entry element to the emporium. The trellis walkway represents the structure behind vintage wooden boat design, while guiding the visitor towards the lake and additional exhibits. 

1st Floor Plan

When entering the museum, the visitor is greeted in the reception area. Visitors will pay admission to the museum, while employees will have the choice to move upstairs to the main offices. Once entering the primary exhibit the open floor plan allows are freedom in movement around all the antique wooden boats on display. To the west side of the main exhibit is a big window in which the guests will observe the boat restoration area. When leaving the main exhibit the visitor will exit through the gift shop and into the focal point for outdoor activity throughout the emporium's site. 

Site Plan

The site of the emporium includes several different programs that cater to both the visitor and the residents of the area. Parking to the north allows for direct access to the museum and also provides circulation to the boat launching area and boat repair shop. Pedestrian circulation leads through the museum to a focal point of retail use, and ends at the main dock and wet exhibit. The Wet Exhibit displays antique wooden boats in the water and includes an outdoor event area for community engagement. 

2nd Floor Plan

The second level of the museum focuses on the employee and educational programs. Office space, a conference room, and an educational room all connect to an overlook of the main exhibit for circulation. The overlook is also accessible for the visitor and provides a different prospective of the wooden boats. 

Section View A

Section View B

Sectional views of the emporium illustrate the structural integrity behind the building. An exposed truss system within the museum also relates to the structure behind the antique wooden boats. In Section View B you can see the engagement of a visitor with the boat restoration area below. This section view also demonstrates the education space on the second floor having the ability to relate the lessons to the boats on exhibit below. 

Sectional Sequence Model

This sectional model allows for a physical understanding of the layers in design of the emporium. The progression of this model moves through the structural system of the roof above the exhibit, then through the first and second floors that are adjacent to the main exhibit.